Peter Kerwin, who was fired earlier this year from a job as program director for the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, says the state Personnel Appeals Board voted yesterday not to take up his case.
Joseph R. Palumbo, the lawyer for the RIHEAA, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Kerwin says he found the Personnel Appeals Board’s decision curious since, he says, lawyers from both sides were asked during an October 9 meeting to schedule four additional dates in November to discuss the case.
David Boies, one of the nation’s top lawyers, has agreed to help argue the Rhode Island pension overhaul lawsuit that is winding it way through state courts.
Boies, who practices in New York City, has been involved in many celebrated cases, including the Gore v. Bush case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and decided in favor of Republican George W. Bush in a 5-4 decision. Boies represented Al Gore in that matter.
Pointing to some well-publicized snafus during last week’s election, Central Falls mayoral candidate James Diossa is encouraging the state Board of Elections to go with the current eight polling places in the December 11 mayoral election, rather than cutting the number to two.
Diossa, in a news release, says the CF Board of Canvassers has proposed cutting the number of polling places:
Should the ProJo have its editors to take a refresher course in Political Science 101?
It appears that way after the strange coverage of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s reelection.
No ProJo reporter or columnist, with the notable exception of Mike Stanton, did any real ground-level reporting in the East Side district that Fox represents, which is about a mile from the Fountain Street newsroom.
Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller joined Scott, Maureen, and myself for this week’s RIPR Political Roundtable. Our topics included David Cicilline’s larger than expected victory on Tuesday, and some of of Rhode Island’s winners and losers from Election Day. You can hear Political Roundtable here.
After a long, strange trip, Election 2012 is in the books. It’s been a long week, so sit back and relax with my latest edition of TGIF. Your comments are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.
From the White House to the State House, Republicans were blown out last week. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next for the beleaguered Rhode Island GOP.
As 2012 spills into 2013, the Rhode Island political trend worth watching is how Republicans deal with the drubbing their party took at almost every level. Republicans actually lost state House and Senate seats and were crushed in elections for U.S. Senate and House. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when no Republican served in either statewide or federal office.
This won’t come as any surprise, but Rhode Island is once again a deep, cobalt Blue state in presidential politics. President Obama’s margin in the Ocean state appears to be the third highest in the nation, after Hawaii (the president’s birthplace, unless you believe Donald Trump) and Vermont, which was once the most Republican state in the U.S.